122

Corpulent: Wolfwalk

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Corpulent: Wolfwalk Nobody asks you to take part in a revolution or overturn the status quo. I guess you just believe things should be different (maybe better?) and you jump in. Sometimes to your detriment, sometimes to glory. I'm not talking about the world trade talks, I speak of jazz revolutions, from swing to bebop, the "new thing," fusion, and nu bop.

In the eighties, the response to Wynton Marsalis' new conservatism (sorry, that wasn't a revolution) brought about the rise of the Downtown scene and Brooklyn's M-BASE collective. The M-BASE revolution included the likes of Cassandra Wilson, Greg Osby, and Gary Thomas. While Osby and Wilson have found a safe home back in "the tradition," Thomas carries the flag forward, as evidenced by this new release from the band called Corpulent. The Baltimore-based saxophonist hooked up with drummer Devin Gray, a Peabody Conservatory student, and Swedish bassist Joel Grip. The result is a compelling set of forceful music.

The disc opens with the slow drag "Gryphus Medley, a muscular workout for the trio to announce its presence. Thomas' weighty saxophone sound is balanced against Grip's deep bass groove. It's refreshing to hear a bass mixed evenly in this manner. While Thomas is the star, Grip and Gray are given equal strong voices here.

Gray propels "Who's In Control? with Thomas and Grip walking lock-step with the drummer's pulse. The two play a bit behind the pulse, and you can sense the music can/could take off in many alternative directions. That sense of possibilities is a constant theme on Wolfwalk. The players simmer constantly on the aptly named "Free Piece, the slow burner "Used To Be (V+D), and the compelling "Vanishing Time that ends the disc, leaving you with a very satisfying groove.


Track Listing: Gryphus Medley; Slow Bluuesss; Who

Personnel: Devin Gray: drums; Joel Grip: bass; Gary Thomas: tenor saxophone.

Title: Wolfwalk | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Umlaut Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Float The Edge CD/LP/Track Review Float The Edge
by John Sharpe
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Resonance CD/LP/Track Review Resonance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Black Focus CD/LP/Track Review Black Focus
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Birdhoused CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017
Read "2016" CD/LP/Track Review 2016
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 13, 2016
Read "Live In New York" CD/LP/Track Review Live In New York
by John Sharpe
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Masters Of War" CD/LP/Track Review Masters Of War
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "My Head is Listening" CD/LP/Track Review My Head is Listening
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 2, 2017
Read "Ida Y Vuelta" CD/LP/Track Review Ida Y Vuelta
by James Nadal
Published: December 30, 2016
Read "Nuit Blanche" CD/LP/Track Review Nuit Blanche
by John Kelman
Published: February 14, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!